is ipod touch 5g still worth buying ?

yesilyurt01

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I really need a non-smartphone multimedia device, my phone is too old and smartphones are the way too expensive for me. I want to get 5g but its 3 years old technology in 2 years old device. So I wonder is it still good device to go for ?
 

SarahCat

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To answer your question, in my opinion, I think the 5th gen is worth buying especially with Black Friday coming up. I thought I heard rumors of a 6 gen, but it will probably be a while before its actually made.

I got a 5th gen for Christmas last year, and I love it. Smartphones are way too expensive for me, but I need something to store my music and such on. iPads definitely aren't good for taking on walks (not that I would try that)!

The only thing that I have an issue with is the 16GB only has a camera that is facing you, and cannot be switched to the other camera. the 32GB and higher have both cameras.

Good luck in whatever you decide.
 

Ray Brady

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Heck yeah. I bought mine two years ago, and still use it on a daily basis. I use it primarily for listening to podcasts and as a camera, but it has a thousand other uses. Its small form factor means it's always close to hand, so it's my go-to device whenever I need to do something around the house.
 

yesilyurt01

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To answer your question, in my opinion, I think the 5th gen is worth buying especially with Black Friday coming up. I thought I heard rumors of a 6 gen, but it will probably be a while before its actually made.

I got a 5th gen for Christmas last year, and I love it. Smartphones are way too expensive for me, but I need something to store my music and such on. iPads definitely aren't good for taking on walks (not that I would try that)!

The only thing that I have an issue with is the 16GB only has a camera that is facing you, and cannot be switched to the other camera. the 32GB and higher have both cameras.

Good luck in whatever you decide.
Thanks, I agree you about ipads they are good deviceses to enjoy big screen but not as handy as ipod touch, I move too much.

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Heck yeah. I bought mine two years ago, and still use it on a daily basis. I use it primarily for listening to podcasts and as a camera, but it has a thousand other uses. Its small form factor means it's always close to hand, so it's my go-to device whenever I need to do something around the house.
Thanks,Do you have any issues about ram and a5 chip, I wonder if i can enjoy appstore or its gonna be slow and make me regret. after all 3 years is too much on technology.
 

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Thanks,Do you have any issues about ram and a5 chip, I wonder if i can enjoy appstore or its gonna be slow and make me regret. after all 3 years is too much on technology.[/QUOTE]

I have an iPad Mini 1 gen, so that means I have a A5 chip. Pretty fast. Bought it last year. But I faced the same problem you faced. I needed a media player. Bought a iPod Nano 7 gen and absolutely love. So if you need an iPod Touch, get it now. Processer is great!
 

Outrun1986

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Just be warned it may not get any updates past iOS 8 so if you can live with that go for it.

Also note that your battery will be shot in 2 years, mine is barely 2 years old and the battery only lasts a little over 2 hours before it hits red, then it's time to charge.

I wouldn't pay more than $200 for one, and I would make sure that comes with a retailer gift card.
 

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Bought mine a few months ago.. speedwise.. it's like an iPhone 4 on ios6. it's not the end of the world but not fast either.. the biggest issue is RAM.. i can barely keep apps in memory to multitask and things refresh/reload.

Compared to A6 devices, it's noticeably slow.. so it might also be worth looking into getting an used iPhone 5
 

yesilyurt01

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Thanks,Do you have any issues about ram and a5 chip, I wonder if i can enjoy appstore or its gonna be slow and make me regret. after all 3 years is too much on technology.
I have an iPad Mini 1 gen, so that means I have a A5 chip. Pretty fast. Bought it last year. But I faced the same problem you faced. I needed a media player. Bought a iPod Nano 7 gen and absolutely love. So if you need an iPod Touch, get it now. Processer is great![/QUOTE]

Thanks for your comment :) i think I am gonna get one
 

yesilyurt01

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Just be warned it may not get any updates past iOS 8 so if you can live with that go for it.

Also note that your battery will be shot in 2 years, mine is barely 2 years old and the battery only lasts a little over 2 hours before it hits red, then it's time to charge.

I wouldn't pay more than $200 for one, and I would make sure that comes with a retailer gift card.
Accually this is gonna be my first ios device so I have no clue about how things work on ios updates. But I am stuck on my old phone,No app, no full view of websites and extremly slow. I think I am gonna give a shot 32 gb refurb model for 200$.

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Bought mine a few months ago.. speedwise.. it's like an iPhone 4 on ios6. it's not the end of the world but not fast either.. the biggest issue is RAM.. i can barely keep apps in memory to multitask and things refresh/reload.

Compared to A6 devices, it's noticeably slow.. so it might also be worth looking into getting an used iPhone 5
Phones are out of my league, they cost too much where I live. I don't really think to get one anytime soon. Even for one used iphone 5 price in my country I can get 2 ipod touches abroad.
 

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The only thing that I have an issue with is the 16GB only has a camera that is facing you, and cannot be switched to the other camera. the 32GB and higher have both cameras.
Apple updated the 16GB model a few months back so that it now has 2 cameras and basically all models are the same. The only difference now between the 16GB and higher versions is that the 16GB version does not come with a strap, it's sold separately.

As to is it worth buying, I say yes. Especially if you have a good size music collection and you don't have a higher capacity iPhone. I have both an iPhone and a touch and I use them both extensively. With iOS 8 I frequently use my touch to answer my iPhone calls when it is not in the same room.

Despite what some others say on these forums I think it is a great device.
 

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Just be warned it may not get any updates past iOS 8 so if you can live with that go for it.

Also note that your battery will be shot in 2 years, mine is barely 2 years old and the battery only lasts a little over 2 hours before it hits red, then it's time to charge.

I wouldn't pay more than $200 for one, and I would make sure that comes with a retailer gift card.
thats essentially all apple batteries. they wear out after 2 years thus the renewal of contract in two years.


they time it perfectly, but lol its not THAT bad as you say it is.

My old iPhone 4S which i use as an international phone (because its unlocked) goes out in about 4-5 hours if i constantly use the internet, location services, etc etc basically power consuming apps.

which isn't bad, considering my 4S is about more then 3 years old by now.
 

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I really need a non-smartphone multimedia device, my phone is too old and smartphones are the way too expensive for me. I want to get 5g but its 3 years old technology in 2 years old device. So I wonder is it still good device to go for ?
Does it need to be an iOS device? (it would be needed if you want to use iOS apps that have been purchased, or iTunes media that contains DRM)

There are Android smartphones for prepaid services that make excellent multimedia devices that cost far less than an iPod Touch and offer more capabilities (for tailoring the device for multimedia playback).

There's also Windows Mobile phones (like the Lumia 520) that readily sell for $50-75 (no contract) that are quite outstanding as multimedia devices.

These no-contract/pre-paid phones don't need to be activated with the service, and provide microSD card support so that you can get a killer portable media player for a fraction of the cost of an iPod Touch.
 

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thats essentially all apple batteries. they wear out after 2 years thus the renewal of contract in two years.





they time it perfectly, but lol its not THAT bad as you say it is.



My old iPhone 4S which i use as an international phone (because its unlocked) goes out in about 4-5 hours if i constantly use the internet, location services, etc etc basically power consuming apps.



which isn't bad, considering my 4S is about more then 3 years old by now.


The touch batteries are worse because they are smaller thus you go through more cycles and they wear out faster. Touch batteries also cannot be changed because they are soldered in (I haven't seen many battery change services for iPod touch and those that are around cost significantly more than iPhone service) iPhone batteries for the most part can be changed (they are not soldered in) so you just need the tools and don't lose the screws..and there are services on eBay doing this for as little as $15. You could probably get a local shop to do it for like $40, cheap enough.

iPhone batteries are also higher capacity than touch batteries, especially when you use iPhone without the phone.

I went ahead and ordered an iPhone 5c from eBay, we will see how it goes.

There is a $10 android phone at target right now, the zte zinger, which can be used on wifi with no SIM card.
 

yesilyurt01

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Thanks to all. I will get it, I can stuck on ios 7. I don't really have high expectations like latest games, or the fastest device. Just need something fill my app gap. If moto's and lumias would be as cheap as usa, I would get one and use it. And the battery is for every smart devices problam I think, next week my brother will be at usa, I already told him to get one for me.
 

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I bought one a couple of weeks ago. Serial number says it was made in June 2014, came out of the box with 7.1.2. It's good, I'm happy...
 

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go for a used iPhone 5. Buy now while past generation iPhone prices are way down. In a few months, after the 6 has been out for a while, older iPhones will become expensive again.


Also you can save money buy buying a sprint model, or if you don't care about where it comes from, a bad esn model.
 

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I second Apple Nerd's suggestion and getting a used iPhone 5 from Sprint (or even Certified Pre Owned Refurbished) is cheaper than a iPod touch 5th generation.

And Sprint iPhones 5's are eligible for free service monthly.
 

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Yeah I haven't gotten it in the mail yet but I got an iPhone 5c 32gb from eBay for around $280 which I think is good. I asked the seller a bunch of questions before buying and it was used with a screen protector and a case so I should be safe. If I have to have the battery changed at some point I will do that at one of the places here that does that. I didn't get a blacklisted ESN I went for the real thing to be safer.
 

yesilyurt01

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go for a used iPhone 5. Buy now while past generation iPhone prices are way down. In a few months, after the 6 has been out for a while, older iPhones will become expensive again.


Also you can save money buy buying a sprint model, or if you don't care about where it comes from, a bad esn model.
That sounds really good. But I cant use phones bought from abroad in my country. Something about goverment. they track imei I think. If you don't pay too much tax, it will be disabled. And to get used iphone 5 in my country costs 1000tl getting an ipod touch from usa (32 gb) 440tl. That's why I am after ipod.

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I second Apple Nerd's suggestion and getting a used iPhone 5 from Sprint (or even Certified Pre Owned Refurbished) is cheaper than a iPod touch 5th generation.

And Sprint iPhones 5's are eligible for free service monthly.
As I mentioned above that's a good idea in usa :(

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Yeah I haven't gotten it in the mail yet but I got an iPhone 5c 32gb from eBay for around $280 which I think is good. I asked the seller a bunch of questions before buying and it was used with a screen protector and a case so I should be safe. If I have to have the battery changed at some point I will do that at one of the places here that does that. I didn't get a blacklisted ESN I went for the real thing to be safer.
Seems like really good deal, at least based on how much iphone 5c costs here (1700tl) (739$). But not really sure about getting used iphone from abroad and using as ipod.
 

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Apple updated the 16GB model a few months back so that it now has 2 cameras and basically all models are the same. The only difference now between the 16GB and higher versions is that the 16GB version does not come with a strap, it's sold separately.

As to is it worth buying, I say yes. Especially if you have a good size music collection and you don't have a higher capacity iPhone. I have both an iPhone and a touch and I use them both extensively. With iOS 8 I frequently use my touch to answer my iPhone calls when it is not in the same room.

Despite what some others say on these forums I think it is a great device.
This, and I would recommend at least the 32GB. I use my 5 for music, podcasts, internet, and email. Also have an iPhone and use both. A 5 32GB will probably go for $179 (American) and sometimes with a store gift card as well. You will enjoy the iPod.
 

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the 5G iPod touch is still great as a media player and for basic apps and gaming. obviously, the hardware is a bit dated so iOS8 and advanced gaming probably will suffer. look around for pre-owned. i just sold my daughter's 32GB in MINT condition for $130. i've seen cheaper in good condition.
 

newellj

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the 5G iPod touch is still great as a media player and for basic apps and gaming. obviously, the hardware is a bit dated so iOS8 and advanced gaming probably will suffer. look around for pre-owned. i just sold my daughter's 32GB in MINT condition for $130. i've seen cheaper in good condition.
Dated, yeah, but if you're using it to play music, really who is going to notice? ;) It is what it is.
 

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Hey, can i ask what you want to do with it?

U want a device for taking photos times to times, listen to music? or play games?

If games, then better off with dedicated handheld at this point.

But if you want ios ecosystem, then black friday should also have good deal on Ipad mini retina. Literally the same price as 32 gb ipod touch when it first come out now.

I doubt apple would waste their time and production capacity to produce Ipod touch screen the feed the dying market. They should have ipod touch line remove by next year.
 

yesilyurt01

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Does it need to be an iOS device? (it would be needed if you want to use iOS apps that have been purchased, or iTunes media that contains DRM)

There are Android smartphones for prepaid services that make excellent multimedia devices that cost far less than an iPod Touch and offer more capabilities (for tailoring the device for multimedia playback).

There's also Windows Mobile phones (like the Lumia 520) that readily sell for $50-75 (no contract) that are quite outstanding as multimedia devices.

These no-contract/pre-paid phones don't need to be activated with the service, and provide microSD card support so that you can get a killer portable media player for a fraction of the cost of an iPod Touch.
i would prefer ios, it seems better than android. i also checked moto g, lumias and some nokia xl. nokias have roughly same specs and they dont look as good as ipod. and i wanna try ios for sometime, apple did good job they changeced the way mobile devices looks hardware and software.

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Hey, can i ask what you want to do with it?

U want a device for taking photos times to times, listen to music? or play games?

If games, then better off with dedicated handheld at this point.

But if you want ios ecosystem, then black friday should also have good deal on Ipad mini retina. Literally the same price as 32 gb ipod touch when it first come out now.

I doubt apple would waste their time and production capacity to produce Ipod touch screen the feed the dying market. They should have ipod touch line remove by next year.
sure, i am gonna listen lots of music i just love to listen but dont have handy device. and some simple games like pool,simple race,card games for if i get too bored. web browsing, and apps abıut some forums, news, spor i follow. thats pretty much what i am gonna do with it. and yes 2nd gen ipad mini is much more capable of but its not handy as ipod i cant take it with me anytime where i go. i dont wanna take ipad mini out my bag (obviosly i am gonna carry one) and change the track and put it back. ipad isnt right device for me yet.

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the 5G iPod touch is still great as a media player and for basic apps and gaming. obviously, the hardware is a bit dated so iOS8 and advanced gaming probably will suffer. look around for pre-owned. i just sold my daughter's 32GB in MINT condition for $130. i've seen cheaper in good condition.
actually you are right its allready old device doesnt really matter brand new or used. i am gonna think that.